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    • Object type: cloth seal
    • Primary material: Lead Alloy

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Record ID: LEIC-DDAAD2
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Bedford
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Post Medieval lead alloy cloth seal, c.1600-1700AD. Thickness: 3 mm, diameter: 16 mm, weight: 1.87 grams. The seal is sub-circular and incomplete and was probably a two part seal. It is decorated on one surface with a three part castle with central tower and gate with large door in front. This is flanked by turrets, each one has an enlarged arrow slit - a vertical slit with rounded terminals. Each turret has a domed roof with spherical finial and a lipped edge below. The other surface is incomplete but what is present appears to be stamped with large letters, possibly an I showing in …
Created on: Tuesday 16th January 2018
Last updated: Friday 19th January 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Thurleigh', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HAMP-89D729
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
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A group of eight Russian Inland Village trade seals found close together, of 16th - early 18th century date. Each bale seal (except one, noted below) has a central circular depression on one face with a corresponding projection to the other face. The inland villages traded in flax products, furs and pelts. N / [...] // IOHOB; 19.7mm, 10.54g. MC / 10 A NHA // OPNNPI; 19.2mm, 11.80g. [No central depression/ projection]. *** / cross fleuretty with central pellet / .A. // *** / cross fleuretty with central pellet / UDIN; 19.5mm, 11.95g. ** / BA / [...] // ** / large star / CHVHNAC; 13.4mm,…
Created on: Sunday 31st December 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 9th January 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Crondall', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SUSS-7C80BB
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A worn lead-alloy two disc cloth seal of probable Post Medieval date (c. AD 1600-1700). The seal is complete, though worn and is formed from two circular discs joined by a rectangular rivet or tag of lead, which was then folded over the edge of cloth, so that the discs and decoration aligns. One surfaces are very worn. One with possibly a basket decoration. The other has a possible port-cullis. The seal has a light grey-white colour overall. It measures 15.6mm in diameter and 2.9mm thick, with a weight of 4.4 grams.
Created on: Monday 18th December 2017
Last updated: Thursday 4th January 2018
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Record ID: NARC-55281C
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Northamptonshire
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A complete lead alloy Cloth Seal of Early Post-Medieval date (AD 1550-1700). The object is a three disc, lead alloy cloth seal and consists of three thin discs connected in sequence by narrow, thin strips. The disc at one end of the row has a circular perforation and that at the opposite end an integral knop. The strip of metal between the two central discs would have been folded over so that the spike on one end passes through the perforation at the other. The central disc is then impressed with a design. On this seal the design on one side is of an outer chain boarder within which i…
Created on: Monday 4th December 2017
Last updated: Monday 4th December 2017
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Record ID: DENO-FFD81E
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Nottinghamshire
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A lead alloy cloth seal of post medieval (16th / 17th Century) date. Seal shows a capital A with chevron bar, within a pelleted circle. This is the initial of the German city of Augsberg, adopted in the middle of the 16th Century. The reverse shows a stylised pine cone, the heraldic badge of the city. This seal type was used on the fustian (mixed linen-warp and cotton-weft fabrics) of Augsburg, known as Ousbrow or Augusta fustians. (Egan G 'Lead Cloth Seals and related items in the BM') Diameter 18 mm, thickness 3.5 mm, weight 7.4
Created on: Thursday 30th November 2017
Last updated: Monday 11th December 2017
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Record ID: BUC-96B2F0
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Buckinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A post Medieval to modern lead cloth seal dating from 1500-1800. The seal is possibly a one part cloth seal, a solid disc with a lateral hole passing through where the cord would have attached. The decoration on this seal is very worn, but on one side there is possibly a crown stamped motif. The cloth seal is 18.1mm in length, 17.8mm in width, 4.5mm in thickness, and weighs 6.82g The earliest seals for marking the quality of cloth date from the late 14th century and continued in various forms up to the 19th century (Egan 1994 p2-4)
Created on: Monday 13th November 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 6th December 2017
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Record ID: LIN-4607DA
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete lead alloy bag or cloth seal dating from the Post Medieval or early Modern period (c. AD 1500-1700). The seal is circular in plan with a flat edge on one side and a partial edge opposite. The obverse shows a design in relief depicting a cross or possible coat of arms, though the design is quite worn. The reverse of the seal is plain. The overall dimensions are as follows: 12.79mm in length, 11.83mm in width and 1.39g in weight.
Created on: Thursday 9th November 2017
Last updated: Thursday 9th November 2017
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Record ID: BUC-3250ED
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Buckinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A post medieval lead two part cloth seal possibly dating to AD c.1380-1700. The seal comprises two circular discs joined by a connecting strip which is folded to press the two discs together. One disc has a rivet which has been pushed through the hole of the second disc. The motifs on this seal are too worn and incomplete to closely date the object but there seems to be some form of stamp on the end of the rivet but it is unclear. The cloth seal is 30mm in length, 20.3mm in width, 6mm in thickness, and weighs 14.37g The earliest seals for marking the quality of cloth date from the la…
Created on: Wednesday 8th November 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 6th December 2017
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Record ID: WILT-318FAB
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete post-medieval lead-alloy cloth seal, dating to the period AD 1500-1700. The disc is roughly circular, with worn edges. Both sides of the seal are decorated. One side shows a cross pattee with a pellet on the end of each arm; a further pellet is positioned with the angle of the arms at the centre. The other side displays what appears to be a coat of arms. The depiction is off-centre and consists of an oval double border containing a rounded cross with a shorter line at 45 degrees in each of the four angles of the cross. The cloth seal measures 13.66 mm in diameter, 1.58 …
Created on: Wednesday 8th November 2017
Last updated: Friday 24th November 2017
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Record ID: WILT-30F4B5
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete post-medieval lead-alloy cloth seal, dating to the period AD 1500-1700. Disc 1 is extant with part of the squashed rivet remaining on the reverse. The seal disc is circular, and the edges have been bent out of shape slightly, though the disc is complete. The seal depicts a swan standing left in low relief, with the letter N to the right, behind the swan's neck. The cloth seal measures 17.89 mm in diameter, 1.16 mm thick and weighs 2.86 g. Swan seals are associated with an area of the London Waterfront known as Swan Stairs/Old Swan area. A number of similar swan stamps …
Created on: Wednesday 8th November 2017
Last updated: Friday 24th November 2017
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Record ID: DENO-86B25E
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Nottinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete post-medieval, lead alloy cloth seal dating to the reign of Queen Anne. The obverse bears a crowned bust, facing left, of Queen Anne (AD 1702 - 1714), with the inscription [A]NNA REGINA. Part of the lug for the second disc of the seal projects from one edge. Reverse blank. Small chips removed from around the edge.
Created on: Tuesday 31st October 2017
Last updated: Friday 24th November 2017
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Record ID: SF-1BF72C
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast lead-alloy cloth seal probably issued under Charles I and dating c. 1625-1649. Only one disc of the original object survives, with the scar from its original circular integral stud visible on its reverse face. On the outer face of the surviving disc, the design of a crowned Tudor rose has been stamped, flanked by the initials 'C R'. Preserved in fair condition with an uneven greyish patina, it measures 16.28mm in diameter, 1.04mm thick and weighs 1.46g. A similar cloth seal has been recorded on the PAS database, see record SF-D45E92.
Created on: Thursday 26th October 2017
Last updated: Thursday 26th October 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Bressingham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-FC0069
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast lead-alloy cloth seal dating to the Post-Medieval period, c. 1600-1700. The seal consists of two circular folded discs connected by a central circular stud, the outer being stamped with the initials 'S' worked into the midpoint of a merchant's mark . Preserved in fair condition with an uneven creamy patina, it measures 18.49mm in diameter, 3.94mm thick at its midpoint, and weighs 4.02g.
Created on: Wednesday 25th October 2017
Last updated: Monday 13th November 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Barningham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-FBF796
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete cast lead-alloy cloth seal dating to the Post-Medieval period, c. 1600-1700. The seal consists of two circular folded discs connected by a central circular stud, the outer being stamped with the initials 'HB' either side of a merchant's mark and the inner with the Roman numerals 'XXIII'. Preserved in fair condition with an uneven creamy patina, it measures 17.72mm in diameter, 3.22mm thick at its midpoint, and weighs 3.78g.
Created on: Wednesday 25th October 2017
Last updated: Monday 13th November 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Barningham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SF-FBE359
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Suffolk
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An incomplete cast lead-alloy cloth seal dating to the Post-Medieval period, possibly issued under Queen Anne (1702-1714). The seal consists of two circular folded discs connected by a central circular stud, the outermost of which is stamped with the initials 'AR' topped by a crown. Preserved in fair condition with an uneven creamy patina, it measures 13.17mm in diameter, 2.81mm thick and weighs 3.77g.
Created on: Wednesday 25th October 2017
Last updated: Monday 13th November 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Barningham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DENO-8ACE54
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Nottinghamshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A post medieval lead alloy cloth seal of the London Dyers company. The seal is formed of two discs joined by a strip of led and held together by a central rivet projecting from the first disc. One disc is complete and shows a cross pattee within a circle of pellets. The other disc is damaged with only the area around the central rivet surviving. This shows a shield bearing a chevron with three madder bags, one below and two above, the arms of the dyers company. There were probably letters and numbers to specify the dyes used; these are now missing. These seals were used in the late 16t…
Created on: Thursday 19th October 2017
Last updated: Monday 8th January 2018
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Record ID: LON-687BF7
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Post medieval lead alloy Named Searcher's Proforma cloth seal dating from AD 1575 -1650. The seal is subrectangular, on the obverse the seal bears the legend RICHARD / FLETCHER / SERCHED (HE ligatured) all within a beaded rectangular border. The reverse has the proforma stamp LONG (31 1/2 incused) / WAIGHT (73 incused) / NARO (2 Y incused) (HT ligatured), in three lines each divided by a beaded line. Another cloth seal bearing the name Richard Fletcher is in Egan (1995:No.244 Fig.33) and Elton (2017:243) Dimensions: length: 33.57mm; width: 27.24mm; weight: 13.97g A similar named s…
Created on: Wednesday 18th October 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 18th October 2017
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Record ID: LON-1E5668
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Post medieval lead alloy Colchester Dutch community cloth seal dated AD 1571. The seal has an off centre pelleted ring that contains an ornate shield bearing the three coronets of Colchester, 15 71 to sides, DVYT / COLCESTER / CRONE / SAYE. The cloth seal has been counter stamped with a star of David. The reverse of the seal has two squashed lead rivets attached but is otherwise undecorated. The object has a white/grey patina of lead oxide. Similar seals are shown in Egan(1995:165-66 fig.31-35) and Elton (2017:73) Dimensions: diameter: 40.11mm; weight: 8.72g Elton (2017:73) writes…
Created on: Saturday 14th October 2017
Last updated: Monday 16th October 2017
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Record ID: CORN-E24305
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete cast lead alloy cloth seal with a stylised root plant on the obverse with five stems with petals on the obverse, perhaps representing the madder root which was used to dye clothing. The reverse has four circumferential grooves on it in one half and the other half is covered by the other disc and folded strip so is illegible. Egan (1995) illustrates a similar weavers or searchers personal seal with a stylised root plant with five roseate flowers on the obverse and an illegible reverse on page 184, fig.33, no.250, which is dated from the 17th century.
Created on: Wednesday 11th October 2017
Last updated: Sunday 15th October 2017
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Record ID: KENT-BA69BE
Object type: CLOTH SEAL
Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete lead cloth or bag seal issued in the City of Norwich and dated '1576'. Description: The seal remains as one half of two circular seal elements. The front of the remaining half has the initials 'C.N' with 'T.L' above and date '1576' below. The reverse has the remains of an attachment knop for attaching it to the now missing half. The seal is heavily patinated an off white colour. Measurements: 18.36mm in diameter, 3.07mm thick and 2.38g in weight. Discussion: As pointed out by Paul Cannon it is likely that this cloth seal relates to a series of Dated seals with the init…
Created on: Wednesday 27th September 2017
Last updated: Friday 29th September 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Goodnestone', grid reference and parish protected.


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